Recent health care reforms are paving the way for greater competition between providers of health care, both within and outside the NHS – which the government believes will promote greater responsiveness of hospitals to patients’ needs, cut waiting lists and reduce equity in the receipt of health care.
But as Professor Carol Propper points out, the evidence to support these claims is by no means unequivocal. ‘The devil is in the detail’, she argues: the impact of competition in health care markets depends on the precise nature of the policies introduced and the interaction between them. (Full Press Release) (Office document, 49kB)
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